Other, The Word

The Glory Of Heaven – Jack Hughes

If one is a believer, he has much to look forward to; If one is an unbeliever, he is destined for torment unless he repents. A sermon by Jack Hughes, on Luke 16:19-31, (the parable of the rich man and  Lazarus) focusing on the aspect of heaven. I found this message so encouraging; a great reminder that this life is all the hell we believers will ever experience. Then an eternity of joy in the presence of our Saviour. What extent are willing to go to  in the service of your King? Are you willing to sacrifice every material and relational tie you’ve ever had to surrender your body to be burned for the furthering of the Gospel and the Kingdom? We should be.

“When I get to heaven, I’m gonna sit down, and I’m gonna look at Jesus, for a thousand years. And then I’m gonna say, ‘Where’s Paul?'” – D. L. Moody

“The bride eyes not her garment, but her dear bridegroom’s face. I will not gaze at glory, but on my King of grace; Not on the crown He giveth, but on His pierced hand. The Lamb is all the glory, in Immanuel’s land. ” – Annie Ross Cousin

The Glory of Heaven – Jack Hughes

1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.”

Psalm 73:25-28 “Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.”

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Psalms, The Word

Psalm 145

Psalm 145 has recently become one of my favorite psalms, as it was written to praise God, and does so elegantly. This psalm extols the Lord for His attributes, His acts, His power, and His blessings. This is the conclusion of the 73 psalms of David, and grand it is. A couple of my favorite verses are:  “6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness. 7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.”

Psalm 145

1 I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.

5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.

7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

9 The LORD is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.

10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.

11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;

12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

14 The LORD sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.

16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.

18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.

19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.

20 The LORD keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

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